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Ascent of Pico de Orizaba on 2018-11-24

Climber: Douglas Harris

Date:Saturday, November 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico de Orizaba
    Location:Mexico
    Elevation:18491 ft / 5636 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arthur and I rented a car and did La Malinche as a good warmup hike. We rested a day and then drove up the dirt road to 13,700’ on the south side of Orizaba. A couple hour walk brought us to campsites near the 15,500’ refuge.

We started summit day at 5 am and made the peak 3h later. Don’t get up too late or rockfall intensifies. No crampons or ice ax were required. You can get a good view of the entire route from the Refuge and make a gear decision.

I definitely recommend considering the Southern route instead of the potentially icy northern option.
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